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RSA Membership for Students

RSA membership is a useful asset for students. About 15% of RSA members identify as students, and we’re continually changing how the society works to address the needs of our members. To help you decide whether RSA membership is right for you, we’ve highlighted a few member benefits that might be particularly useful to students.


In the last few years, we’ve introduced income-based dues that lowered the annual contribution for those receiving the least amount of financial support and compensation. Membership now operates on a rolling basis, so you receive 12 months of benefits from the time you join. Students are full members of the society and receive all membership benefits, including electronic access to the full run of Renaissance Quarterly and the next four print issues of the journal, if you select a print membership (no additional charge). Members also have access to the Early English Books Online database (EEBO) and discounted academic subscription offers. Additionally, members have the opportunity to set up individual profiles and connect with interest groups through the RSA website. 

RSA Fellowships

Students are invited to apply for nearly all RSA research fellowships. We offer residential fellowships based at U.S., Canadian, and European research centers as well as fellowships that may be used to fund research travel anywhere in the world. The deadline for applying for an RSA research fellowship is September 15. Visit our Fellowships Program page for more information.

Mentoring Program

This year we begin the second cycle of our mentorship program, which seeks to pair students and junior scholars with experienced guides. The mentors and mentees then meet virtually several times during an academic year to talk professional development. The deadline to apply to participate in the 2018-19 mentoring program is 1 August 2018. For more details and to apply, please visit our Mentoring Program page.

Annual Meeting

The RSA Annual Meeting is one of the biggest international events in Renaissance studies each year, a time when scholars from around the world gather to share both formal presentations and more casual conversations. Student members are welcome at the conference both as attendees and presenters. The RSA welcomes graduate student speakers who are within one or two years of defending their dissertations and attendees at any level of their studies. The deadline for submitting your paper or session application is 15 August 2018. Please see our Toronto 2019 and Session Submission pages for more information.

The RSA invites applications from students for grants intended to support travel to the Annual Meeting. RSA travel grants are intended to support student members who will present their work at the conference. RSA diversity grants help offset travel costs and conference registration fees for RSA members from under-represented groups in Renaissance studies. The travel grant and diversity grant application portal will open in late fall 2018, after Annual Meeting acceptances have been sent. For more information on our conference travel grants, please see the Toronto 2019 page.

Digital Humanities Summer Institute Scholarships and Discounts

The RSA partners with the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, Canada to offer tuition scholarships and discounted registration rates. These scholarships aim to support innovative research and pedagogy in all RSA disciplines, as well as new interdisciplinary collaborations. Additionally, all current RSA members have the opportunity to register for one of the institute’s courses (one week) at a discounted rate. The deadline for applying for a scholarship for summer 2019 will be announced in late summer 2018 and RSA-specific discounts will be available from the time registration opens on the DHSI website. Please see our DHSI Scholarships page for more info.

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Want to become a member? Join RSA and immediately gain access to digital resources such as the full run of Renaissance Quarterly, the Early English Books Online database (EEBO), and discounted academic subscription offers.

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